press release

Over the past 300 years London has been home to many thousands of artists, attracted to the city by the opportunities at the centre of England's social, cultural and economic life. Where did these artists live? What effect did they have on the city and what effect did it have on their art?

Creative Quarters on the web traces the journey of London's artists through the city from the 18th century to the present day, exploring eight locations in London where artists lived and worked and where communities developed to support their art.

Until the mid-19th century, an artist's livelihood depended on the support of patrons. This determined where artists lived and the sort of life to which they aspired. Artists lived close to each other for mutual support and to share skills, knowledge and contacts. From the end of the 19th century, artists asserted their right to produce art for art's sake, rather than for wealthy patrons and sought out new places in which to follow a 'bohemian' lifestyle. Today this change has come full circle, now it is the patrons and dealers who follow the artists around London.


Creative Quarters - The artworld in London 1685-2000

mit Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, William Blake, John Constable, Lucian Freud, Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, Damien Hirst, William Hogarth, James McNeill Whistler, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Joshua Reynolds, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Turner, u.a.